My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Pond Scum

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Pond Scum 112607

My new non-sock project is being knit from Socks That Rock Heavyweight, in the Pond Scum colorway.

Seriously, how could I not buy yarn in a colorway named Pond Scum? The fact that I love the color is just a bonus.

(But how could I not love a colorway named Pond Scum?)

Oh, you want to know what it is?

Most of the projects that y’all guessed were things I’d never heard of. ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess I need to get out more.

Nobody guessed exactly (except L-B, but she had prior knowledge) — only one commenter got it in general: Regina, who guessed a circular sweater.

It’s the “Lara Pinwheel Sweater,” a free pattern on the Elann website, available on their Free Patterns Page. To go directly to the pattern, click here.

(Though you might want to take a stroll through Elann’s free patterns anyway — there are a lot of really nice things there. And did I mention? Free!)

The pattern calls for Elann Lara, which is a mercerized cotton, about dk weight. But I note that pattern is also shown using a yarn called “Mister Joe Blanket,” which is a wool blend yarn.

Anyhow, L-B and I discussed a while back how we’d both like to make this sweater, and we both bought the yarn for it at the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth at Stitches East last month.

The gauge for the pattern is 22 stitches and 24 rows to 10 cm. I started swatching with a 4.5mm (US & needle). I went down a couple of sizes and got gauge with a 3.75mm needle (US 5). The stated gauge on the STR Heavyweight label is 6 stitches/inch on a 3.25mm (US 3) needle, so I probably should have started swatching with a 3.75mm needle to start with. That is, if I had bothered to look at the ball band.

So far so good. You start at the center of the back — it starts with a cast-on of 8 stitches, which you join and knit in the round. This forms a little hole in the middle.

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Pinwheel Sweater 112607

I suppose I could close up the hole, but I actually kinda like it.

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Hole 112607

You increase every other row in an ever-enlarging circle. Because the increases are done by knitting in the front and back of the last stitch in each of 8 sections, the knitted fabric has a pleasing pinwheel effect. Hence the name!

Now excuse me — I must go collapse in a heap. I made it through my first full day of work since the beginning of October and I’m a bit exhausted.

Lucy sez:

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Lucy 112607

“I had leftover turkey for dinner!”


  1. The sweater is looking lovely, and I think I will be going to visit the Elann site soon.
    Way to go your first day back! Monday’s are usually tough, but it sounds like you made it through!

  2. Returning to work is rough – remember to take it easy for a while. The first picture of this project, when it was still a wee thing, looked like you were building your own personal pyramid.

  3. Thanks for the link to the Elann free patterns page, I think! Too many tempting items there! My cyber Monday is pattern hopping!

    Looks like it will be a beautiful sweater.

  4. Raye in NY (mother of the other jan 2nd Wendy) says:

    Work? You mean the place you go so you can get paid to support your habit (yarn and other knitting goodies)!

  5. Isn’t that an adorable sweater. I plan on knitting the infant/toddler sized one for my friend’s daughter, for next year most likely. Its really a creative pattern

    Lucy my feet are cold, would you come lay on them and warm them with all that luscious belly fur of yours. It looks so warm and cozy. (Although I suppose my Abner and Django may be a little jealous).

  6. Too funny– just printed the pattern off their website this weekend after seeing it on Ravelry!! And I didn’t think of it when I was guessing!

    Take a nap!

  7. anne marie in philly says:

    EZ made a circular shawl in the same way ; see her book “knitter’s almanac” p 71.

    but your sweater looks pretty also!

    glad you made it thru the day; now have lucy take care of you this evening cause momma is worn out!

  8. I didn’t comment yesterday, but I was thinking it looked like a pinwheel sweater. I have made two of the child’s pinwheel sweaters from the elann free pattern page. They are so quick, easy and fun! Enjoy:)

  9. I’m glad you made it through your first whole day back to work. I would have guessed (incorrectly) that you were working on a Pond Scum shawl. I look forward to seeing more of your sweater and I hope the rest of your work week goes smoothly.

  10. I printed out Elann’s pinwheel sweater pattern awhile back and am still thinking about it. Now you show me this one! I am so not a lace person, neither knitting it nor wearing it, but I love this one. It will look fabulous on you.

  11. that is an awesome pattern! i could do the knitting part. but i don’t know how to crochet! ๐Ÿ™ Does anyone know a good site to learn?

  12. Didn’t you once name a finished object “Pond Scum”? Or knit with another yarn named “Pond Scum”?

    Or did I just dream it?

  13. That is just too . . . too . . . (words fail me). What a great sweater! I’m in the midst of knitting the circular cap shawl from VICTORIAN LACE TODAY, and since I’ll be building up to 738 stitches — before adding the border — I guess I’ll just have to admire your work in progress while wishing I had the time to take on yet another project.

  14. wow. that is a lot of crocheting, wendy! good luck with it!

  15. Just finished the baby/toddler Pinwheel from Elann and I love it madly. Enough so that I want to make a second one in a grown up size for me, and a whole rainbow of them for all of the little girls in my world.

  16. it’s just so gigglesome that something as lovely as wool would be given the name “pond scum”…but, then again, I buy a kiwifruit juice that I nick-named pond scum, and I have to drink it! (it’s more green than your wool, which looks olive, but that may just be the light)

  17. Love the new sweater and color! (And congratulations on your first day back. Only a few of those and then vacation again, right?) ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Glad you made it through your first day back! I hope you’re not too achy right now — sleep well tonight ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the pond scum!

  19. That “Pond Scum” sweater is lovely! It looks like a doily, though. I’m waiting anxiously to see you wearing it. Best regards to you guys from California!

  20. I heart the “Pond Scum”!! Your sweater is going to be lovely!!

    I’m glad you made it through your first day back to work with enough energy remaining to knit and blog!!! Yay!

  21. I love the pond scum color. It would look good made into anything. I think the sweater idea is a novel one and may consider it later into the winter.

  22. Wow, must be something in the water. You are the third blogger I’ve seen who’s started one of these in the last week. I saw a *very* cute one walking around on a little girl at the Shenandoah Fiber Fest. Enjoy.

  23. Theresa in Italy says:

    Glad that you were able to make it through work (the Monday after Thanksgiving is horrendous for anyone, let alone someone who’s still recovering from surgery).

    I distinctly remember your Pond Scum socks because that was about when I became hooked on your blog—anything that could make me laugh out loud first thing in the morning (which is when I get to see it over here) had to be worth reading regularly!

  24. I dunno, Wendy, are you sure you aren’t knitting that umbrella from the summer Knitty?

  25. I can see that Lucy’s little tummy is full of turkey.
    I love the Pond Scum.

  26. I love Pond Scum. I bought Pond Scum. And I was going to make a pair of socks sure to be one of my favorites. But I can’t wait to see how the heavyweight does in a sweater. It’s looking good.

    Tina said Pond Scum was not drawing much interest. I can’t imagine!

  27. Wendy- Only a knitter would find Pond Scum remotely alluring.

  28. I have had my eye on this sweater for months, but I’m unsure of my crocheting ability. I would also like to see better front photos of the project.

    Please post frequently.

    I am glad you are feeling well enough to get back to work although I realize it will cut seriously into your knitting time.

  29. I think I must be reading too much about breastfeeding right now, because when I first saw the picture, all I could hear was Lime and Violet in my head, screaming about boobs.

    It will be a lovely sweater, and I’m sure it will bear no resemblance to boob-age, once you get going. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Meanwhile, myself and my pregnancy focused brain will be elsewhere.

    Love the Pond Scum!

  30. GREAT colorway! I love the name. The sweater is going to be gorgeous! Look how much you have done already!! WOW! Congratulations on making it through your first full day back at work!

  31. Well, isn’t that just the coolest sweater design…..I guess I’ll have to print that one out for my big notebook of things I want to knit. Now, I am off to peruse the other free patterns!

  32. Looks pretty interesting! Are you planning to crochet the edging, or change it to a knitted lace edging?
    Not quite the same shade as your “Pond Scum” socks but you could still wear them together!


  33. Thanks for the reminder about Elann’s website. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there and I think I’m due for another printing extravaganza.

  34. Wendy, I made this sweater, I love this sweater. My finished version is in my Sept. 10 entry (We won’t even get started on how lame my site is for non blogging.) Anyway, I had alot of fun knitting/crocheting this pinwheel sweater. It’ll make up quick. Pond Scum-love it!

  35. Oh my goodness, that sweater is lovely! So are many of the patterns on that site…and all for free! Thank you so much for the link.

    I know you posted on your blog recently how you bind off the tops of your toe-up socks…and I’ve looked, but can’t find it. Could you tell me the date please?

    And BTW…I am soooo enjoying my two circulars! Really fast knitting! The 16″ didn’t work for me, so I had to exchange for the 24″s, but now it’s going great.

  36. Sandy in South Dakota says:

    Hi Wendy…so glad you’re feeling better. I actually have that sweater on needles right now. I had to put it aside to finish up some holiday knitting, but plan to get back to it after the first of the new year. Happy Holidays from a very chilly small town in south central South Dakota ….brrrrrrrr…I need Lucy’s little warm cushion to keep me warm ;o)

  37. I might start dyeing my hair again, if I could find a color called Pond Scum. That will be one splendid sweater.

  38. I love Elann’s free patterns. Their sock yarn hat is the warmest hat I’ve ever knit – perfect for cold, windy weather,

  39. Whitnurse38138 says:

    I believe this calls for a pom- pon!